$6k fine for man who of­fended just four days af­ter con­vic­tion

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

AN AIR­LIE Beach man ap­peared in Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day charged with the same of­fence he was con­victed of just four days ear­lier.

Ja­son Wil­liam Hey was charged with five traf­fic-re­lated of­fences, fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent which oc­curred on July 18.

Po­lice wit­nessed a mo­tor­cy­cle on Shute Har­bour Road in Can­non­vale at­tempt­ing to evade of­fi­cers.

The court heard the driver con­tin­u­ously looked be­hind him while po­lice pur­sued the de­fen­dant.

The 27-year-old pro­ceeded to ride through thick grass be­fore ul­ti­mately giv­ing him­self up.

Checks re­vealed Hey was a dis­qual­i­fied driver, and that the ve­hi­cle was un­reg­is­tered and unin­sured. He was trans­ported to the watch house. The court heard the de­fen­dant was dealt with on July 14 – four days ear­lier – for sim­i­lar of­fences, how­ever Hey, who ad­mit­ted he had a drug prob­lem, said he didn’t be­lieve he was dis­qual­i­fied.

“Make sure you’re aware of the penalty be­fore leav­ing the court room,” Mag­is­trate Ron Muir­head said.

For driv­ing an unin­sured and un­reg­is­tered ve­hi­cle and us­ing reg­is­tra­tion plates be­long­ing to a dif­fer­ent ve­hi­cle, Hey was fined a to­tal of $300. For fail­ing to stop, the same charge he was dealt with on July 14, Hey was fined $6000 and dis­qual­i­fied for a fur­ther two years.

Hey re­ceived a fur­ther two years dis­qual­i­fied pe­riod, to­talling to six in con­junc­tion with the last charge, and two years pro­ba­tion.

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